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U.S. Energy Law: Electricity

The focus of this guide is federal regulation of electricity.

What is FERC?

[Source: U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)]

About FERC Documents

FERC regulates by issuing formal written orders relating to an entire industry or one or more specific companies.

  • Orders are issued in proceedings that are assigned docket numbers by the Commission's Secretary. 
  • Formal orders may be the result of:
    • Rulemaking proceedings
    • Proceedings before an administrative law judge
    • Proceedings initiated by a filing which will include comments or protests by intervenors
  • Formal proceedings may be initiated by FERC or by individual companies.

James H. McGrew. FERC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at 247 (2d ed., 2009). Library Collection

The FERC eLibrary

The FERC eLibrary Website contains documents submitted to and issued by FERC since 1981.

It is comprised of six "Libraries":

  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Hydro
  • Rulemaking
  • General

Documents usually fall into one or more of the Libraries (on the basis of the FERC regulatory programs):

  • Library
  • Category
  • Classification
  • Type

Within each Library, there are two categories of documents:

  • Issuances
    • Issuances are documents issued by the Commission, the Secretary of the Commission, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), or any other agency official with delegated authority.  These documents originate within the Commission.
  • Submittals
    • Submittals are a general category of documents and other materials addressed to the Commission officers or offices, filed with the Office of the Secretary, or otherwise delivered to the Commission.

Each category is divided into classifications, then segmented by Type. 

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